BERNIE starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
Q-Tips say: See it. It is a well done comedy. You will enjoy it. Mrs. Q says she is not a fan of Jack Black but in the movie Bernie, she enjoyed Jack Black’s performance.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotelstarring Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie
The movie follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
Q-Tips say: A movie for those past 55 yrs + old. It was made for you, so go enjoy it. Mr Q enjoyed it more than Mrs. Q. Mrs. Q thought is was a bit predictable, slow at times and saccharin. It reminded her of Slum Dog Millionaire. Judi Dench & Maggie Smith are good but neither role was a challenge because these roles were made for them. They did not have to really work hard to fulfill the script.
THE AVENGERS – Starring: Robert Downey, Jr/Tony Stark, Chris Evans/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner/Hawkeye. Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.Q-Tips say: See it you will enjoy it. Much sensory overload but funny and very entertaining. Even Mrs. Q enjoyed it, and she rarely enjoys this type of movie.
DARK SHADOWS starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.Q-Tips say: We enjoyed it. Not for everyone, but have you ever been addicted to a soap opera? Well, this is it in a nut shell. At least rent it. Mrs Q says, “who doesn’t like Johnny Depp?”
MOONRISE KINGDOM is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.Q-Tips say: Yes, see it. A great cast of characters, humorous, and a good family movie for the pre-teen, and young teen set & boy scouts. A most unusual roles for Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.
PROMETHEUS is a movie in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Q-Tips say: Not as good as anticipated. Certainly not as good as the original “Alien” movie. It is long and you can wait till it comes out as a rental but to enjoy the movie. However, to enjoy the “Special Effects”, a large theater movie screen might be a must. Overall: a bit drab.
Mrs. Q says: I did like the opening scenery and the breaking apart of the DNA strand. The lead character, Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, is quite a women. Gave herself a her own C-section, proceeds to try to kill the creature and continues on with the project. WOW!! What a woman!
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